'Florist's Basket' handbag thumbnail 1
Not currently on display at the V&A

'Florist's Basket' handbag

1993 (designed), 1996 (made)
Place of origin

Black silk satin handbag of vase-shaped with red velvet roses on top.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Evening Bag
  • Evening Bag Lid
Title'Florist's Basket' handbag (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Silk satin and velvet
Brief description
Bag, satin, velvet, Lulu Guinness, Great Britain, 1996
Physical description
Black silk satin handbag of vase-shaped with red velvet roses on top.
Gallery label
  • FASCINATION WITH THE NATURAL WORLD Bag designs have long been inspired by the vibrant colours and shapes of the natural world. Pineapples, for example, became a symbol of opulence and exoticism across the arts after their introduction into Europe in the 17th century. 'Pineapple Mania' reached a pinnacle in 19th century England when pineapple-shaped bags and accessories were the height of fashion [T.531&2-1996]. Contemporary designers have continued this trend by using realistic materials and shapes, such as Emily Jo Gibbs’ spiky horse chestnut bag that opens to reveal a conker-shaped purse. V&A, Room 40, Bags: Inside Out. (12/2020)
  • Bouquets, pots and hanging baskets laden with garden flowers have prompted Lulu Guinness's highly acclaimed miniature bucket bags. Created in fashionable colourways, they have captivated a clientele in search of individual and whimsical special-occasion bags.(1997)
Credit line
Given by the designer
Object history
Registered File number 1996/207.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic reference
de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. V&A Publications, London, England, 1997, pp. 160 and 161.
Accession number
T.128:1 & 2-1996

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest feedback

Record createdSeptember 15, 2003
Record URL
Download as: JSON